On December 10, International Human Rights Day, Cuban exiles are preparing to march in streets across the globe. The demonstrations are set to occur in a variety of cities including Miami, Washington, Montevideo, Australia, Sweden, Vicenza, Bogota, Quebec, Bilbao, Tampa, Oslo, Jerez de la Frontera, and San Jose. These global protests are aimed to demand the release of over 1,000 political prisoners currently held in Cuba.
The 11J Movement and its Repercussions
The Cuban government's alleged repression and detention of political dissenters have sparked global outcry. A significant number of the current prisoners, over 700, were involved in the July 11, 2021 protests, also known as the 11J Movement. The movement marked an unprecedented wave of dissent in the Communist-ruled island nation, leading to a significant crackdown by the government.
Focal Point: Miami
In Miami, a significant rally is being organized at the Brigade 2506 Monument by the group Exilio Unido YA. Known for hosting monthly protests in the city, this group is one of the leading forces behind the December 10 demonstrations. Their protests are not only a response to the current political imprisonment but also a tribute to victims of communism.
International Human Rights Day: A Controversial Date in Cuba
Historically, December 10 has been marked by repression in Cuba, with journalists, civil society members, and activists frequently facing harassment, arbitrary detentions, and interrogations on this date. The irony of this situation is highlighted by the fact that despite its record on political imprisonment, the Cuban government was elected to the UN Human Rights Commission. Activists aim to draw international attention to this controversial election, the plight of the incarcerated, and the overall despotic nature of the Cuban regime.